In the last decade or so, we’ve discovered many ways essential oils can be used for a variety of health issues.
There are some oils that are good for your skin. Other essential oils are good for the health of your stomach and digestive system in general. And yet other essential oils could help fight fungal infections. But what about allergies? Are there any effective essential oils for allergies?
In this article, we will explore the use of essential oil for allergies. We’ll look at an essential oil recipe for allergies or two and the best ways to use them. We will also look at what precautions you may want to take with some of these oils. Let’s get started!
Best Essential Oils for Allergies
Allergy sufferers are in luck, because there are a number of essential oils for allergy relief, most of which are easy to obtain and easy to use. Just remember to always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil such as coconut oil before applying to your skin. So, what essential oils are good for allergies?
1. Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil may be great for helping clear out the effects of allergies on all the organs you use to breathe. Inhaling peppermint oil could help unblock nasal passageways and sinuses as well as reduce the inflammation in the lungs and respiratory system. It could also help soothe coughs, reduce phlegm, and relax your windpipe.
2. Eucalyptus Oil
Eucalyptus oil might help relieve congestion of the nasal passages if inhaled, but it might also help with chest congestion when used as a balm or chest rub. It could also help reduce swelling of the respiratory tract mucous membranes and soothe coughs.
3. Lavender Oil
Lavender oil is useful as it may help relieve allergic reactions as they are happening. Lavender oil appears to work best on the allergic reactions that occur on the skin, so it could work on hives and even insect bites (most insect bites that itch are in fact an allergic reaction to the bug’s saliva).
4. Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil is an essential oil that is used for a great many things, including certain allergic reactions. Tea tree oil can be used as a decongestant and as a topical treatment for skin outbreaks caused by allergic reactions.
5. Frankincense Oil
You probably recognize frankincense as one of the gifts from the three “wise men” in the Christmas story. What you may not have known is that it’s an essential oil with a number of uses such as alleviating your allergies. Frankincense oil may not only help with congestion, but it may also help with the aftermath of an allergic reaction due to a food intolerance. It could create the right environment in your stomach to help flush out the material that is causing the allergic reaction.
6. Chamomile Oil
Chamomile oil can potentially help relieve the pain of sinus headaches, as well as reduce the inflammation of mucous membranes to lessen mucus and congestion. If you are vomiting or suffering nausea from a food allergy, chamomile could also help settle your stomach.
7. Lemon Oil
Lemon oil may be able to help relieve the respiratory issues that often come with an allergic reaction, opening the airways and making it easier to breathe.
8. Bergamot Oil
Taken from the bergamot fruit, bergamot oil may help bring relief in the form of reducing mucus production during allergy season.
9. Sandalwood Oil
Sandalwood oil acts as an antihistamine, reducing the body’s reaction to allergens like the amount of mucus produced. This, in turn, can help relieve symptoms like congestion and a runny nose.
10. Oregano Oil
Oregano oil could help boost your immune system against allergic reactions, and its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties may help keep your respiratory clean and clear.
11. Basil Oil
Basil oil might not only help the body with inflammation that occurs due to an allergic reaction, but it might also act as an antihistamine and lower the body’s reaction to allergens.
These essential oils may all help with allergens and the after effects of an allergic reaction, but they can also be used in other ways that do not require skin contact.
How to Use Essential Oils for Allergies
For the most part, the use of essential oils to help relieve your allergies and allergy symptoms is simple: You will most likely inhale them. This can be done in several ways. You can dab a little by your nostrils so that you get a little bit of vapor into your nasal passages and down into your lungs. You can also put a few drops of these oils into a diffuser or a humidifier by your bedside table, so you can breathe them in at night while you are sleeping. You could even place a few drops on your pillow where you sleep for night time relief.
The soothing heat of a bath may be able to help with congestion and breathing issues caused by allergens, but you can also add a few drops of the essential oil that is effective for your particular issues. The rising steam from the bath may be even more beneficial with the oil’s healing properties.
Essential oils can also be massaged directly into your skin for relief. But, as mentioned, undiluted essential oil could be harmful to your skin. Be sure to mix it with carrier oil first. If the allergic reaction is mostly making it hard for you to breathe, massaging the oil into your back and chest could work wonders.
There are also a few topical remedies and recipes you can also mix together as other options in using essential oils for allergies.
Essential Oil Recipes to Try at Home
There are a few combinations of essential oils and recipes that you can use to help in your battle against allergies.
Homemade Vapor Rub
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 1/2 cup coconut oil
• 1/4 cup grated beeswax
• 20 drops peppermint essential oil
• 20 drops eucalyptus essential oil
• Glass jar
Toss olive oil, coconut oil, and beeswax into the glass jar. Next, get a saucepan and fill it with two inches of water. Place the saucepan on the stove and set it at medium-low heat. Place the jar in the saucepan to melt the contents together. Let this mixture cool and add the peppermint and eucalyptus oil. Allow the mixture to set before using.
Essential Oil Mixture
• Lavender essential oil
• Lemon essential oil
• Peppermint essential oil
• Coconut oil
Mix a few drops of each essential oil in equal proportions with coconut oil in a container like a glass jar or plastic container that can shut fairly airtight. This can be done in any amount, as long as the proportions are equal.
Precautions to Take when Using Essential Oils
As with anything that potentially treats health issues, there are some things that you should consider when using essential oils for allergy issues.
• Allergies: Make sure you aren’t allergic to the essential oils. While many of the essential oils we’ve listed can help you there is a chance that you may be allergic to one of them. Make sure that you aren’t before using the oil as it just may make your situation worse.
• Patch Test: Most of these essential oils are pretty powerful, so you should always test them on a small patch of skin first before taking a full dose. If there is a reaction, try diluting the essential oil with either water or larger amounts of carrier oil.
• Pregnancy: Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid using essential oils unless directed to by a healthcare professional.
Essential Oils Can Help!
As we’ve shown, essential oils can help with a variety of allergy issues. It can help you breathe easier, get rid of congestion, and even help get rid of rashes. They are easy to use and could be very effective. Just make sure you take some safety measures when using them, as you don’t want to make your allergies worse.
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